Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project

 

 
Grassy Bowl

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Institution Name: Bryan College
Original/Historic Place Name: Grassy Bowl
Location on Campus: south side of Bryan Dr., across from Rudd Chapel
Date(s) of Construction:
n.d.natural landscape: identified and preserved as open space
Designer:
Type of Place: Landscape site
Style: (Glossary)
Significance: culture, education, landscape, religion
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Function:
1975-present (2006)outdoor space (main entrance to campus; space for activities and relaxation)
 

Narrative:
The Grassy Bowl existed when the college property was first purchased. Over the years college administrators and grounds personnel have been careful to protect and maintain its pristine appearance. It is the first natural scene one encounters upon driving up the hill to the college campus. Like a broad, green welcome mat, it silently invites the visitor to recline on its grassy slope; drink in the vistas of lake, valley, mountains, and town nestled in the trees down below; and reflect on the beauty of nature, the greatness of God, the hustle and bustle of mankind as reflected by the blur of the traffic on U.S. 27 and the whistle of the numerous trains. The sorrows of the past are visible as marked by the Trail of Tears which meanders through Dayton, or the serious concerns of the Scopes Trial announced by the solemn chiming of the clock in the Rhea County Courthouse tower visible above the trees on the courthouse Square.

Eight months of the year, the weather is generally nice enough for individuals, classes, and occasional campus-wide musical or religious programs to meet at the Bowl. And when there is an infrequent winter snow, it makes a great sledding slope.
 

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